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Q&A Today: Tom Knauss

It’s not every day that we get to enjoy seeing game designer Tom Knauss chime in on Perilous Vistas and all things gaming, so let’s do this, with relish. Q:  What impact does non-fantasy media have on your fantasy writing? TK: My father was an English teacher, so growing up I was greatly influenced by literature. I began reading Shakespeare …

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Book Retort: Elf Warfare

The Elegantly Deadly Dance that is Elf Warfare Written by John Diffley I’ll admit upfront, I have been a longtime fan of Osprey Publishing, especially their historical warfare series.  However, a few years back they started to offer Fantasy and Sci-Fi titles as well, and then branched out into wargames, and I fell in love all over again.  One of …

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Grodog’s 7 of the Best

grodog’s Song of Seven – The Mythic Worlds Builders by Allan T. Grohe Jr. (“grodog”) I selected my favorite seven worlds builders, each an architect of the imagination whose works span realms that I return to again and again—to read and rediscover them anew, and to lose myself within their lush, boundless vistas. Gary Gygax, David L. Arneson, Robert J. …

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Steve Keller of Tell Me About Your Character

Steve Keller started a website and podcast with short interviews with people telling him about their favorite character. The site launched in April, 2016, so is fast approaching its first year online. He is lining up interviews for Season 3. I volunteered to be an interview subject when I asked to interview him for Multiverse. You can find my interview …

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Adventure Scents: The Review

Cinematic Gunfight! Dank Dungeon! Fishing Docks! Healing Sanctuary! Ice Castle! Mummy’s Tomb! Smoky Campfire! Volcanic Jungle! Titles of tabletop games? RPG adventure modules? Wild new breakfast cereals? Nay, fearless readers. These are just a FEW of the MANY fragrances that Adventure Scents is making. “Scent special effects for games, books, movies, costumes and more” is what it says on the label, …

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Book Retort: Garden of the Plantmaster

Guest Writer: John Wayne Enfield Bill Taylor’s cover of this RPG setting book invites you into the garden, appealing to that morbid curiosity that so often tempts fantasy heroes – and the gamers who play them, to their fates.  The line between plants and animals seems to blur, making the branches of the trees reach out towards you like the …

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Guest writer: Running The Squonk

Running the Squonk By guest writer Daniel J. Bishop  It is about mid-morning as you are traveling through the swamp. There is an odd beauty here, but the biting flies have turned it into a torment, and you must pause occasionally to remove one of the thick brown leeches that seem to worm their way inside even tight breeches and …

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Sunken Treasure: ESCAPE FROM INNSMOUTH

Escape From Innsmouth Written by Kevin A. Ross, Published by Chaosium Inc. Review by Christopher Bishop Escape from Innsmouth was originally designed as an adventure sourcebook encapsulating the original story, Shadow over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft. It was published around the same time as the 4th edition of the popular role playing game Call of Cthulhu, a system that utilizes …

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2017 200 Word RPG Challenge

If you want rules light RPGs, take a look at the 200 Word RPG Challenge. The aim is for a playable game that grabs attention without being outside the bounds of the rules. One is forced to economize on words and get to the meet of the game. There are judges and prizes. The winner will have their game published. …